Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar pays homage to Dilip Kumar, says icon was “the epitome of dignity, grace”


MUMBAI: Paying homage to Dilip Kumar, lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar said the screen icon was ahead of its time and was “an example of dignity, kindness and sophistication.”

The 98-year-old star died on Wednesday following a prolonged illness at a hospital in the city here.

“The one adjective I associate the most with Dilip Saab is dignity. Besides being a great actor, he was the epitome of dignity, kindness and sophistication. He was way ahead of his time. “said Akhtar, who has been a screenwriter on Kumar films like” Mashaal, “” Kranti “and” Duniya, “said in a text message to PTI.

The 76-year-old veteran screenwriter said that while Marlon Brando may have been synonymous with method game, Kumar is way ahead of the Hollywood actor.

“People credit Marlon Brando for his acting method, but he joined the movies after Dilip Saab,” he added.

Akhtar said the screen icon, who pioneered the natural acting style in films when most of his contemporaries were known for their manners, was an acting institution for generations to come.

“Dilip Saab did not go to any training institute but it has become a training institute for the generations of actors who have succeeded him. He has provided wheels for the younger generation who may not even know who has invented the vehicle they drive on, ”he added.

Kumar is best known for his work in films like “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Devdas”, “Naya Daur” and “Ram Aur Shyam”, “Shakti” and “Karma”, among others.

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